Mitosis Phase One: WIP

Mitosis Phase One is near to my heart. In December I put the first stitches down, and realized I was looking at a bunch of cells. The void in all the cells started to make me wonder about what’s happening inside of each one. I decided to investigate and found a cell hot with division.


Back Stitch looking fluid front and back.


Notice the voids between the cells, the Back stitch, and the weave of the fabric.


The cell starting up Mitosis.


The colors soften as the process picks up momentum.


All of this creating has helped us get to a new point: we are going to be launching a Kickstarter project soon. It’s an embroidery wall art project focusing on science and art. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for updates.

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Embroidered Penguins

This piece is inspired by Nana, one of the most wonderful people I know. She loves penguins. She loves the way they nest, eat, and make community. Penguins are captivating. I think it is safe to say the penguin is cute. I started to sketch a few ideas  for a piece.


Then I refined and simplified the idea.


After a recent blue thread disaster with another project, I keep much better records. DMC is currently my thread company of choice.


During the sketching period we made a visit to the glass studio demo at the Chrysler Museum. At the studio there is a wall for visitors to leave a sketch and it may be grabbed by a glassblower and made during one of their daily demonstrations. I drew a penguin, and here are the amazing results.


A view inside of the glass penguin.


And here is another inside of a project. Although many embroidery  backs are covered I often find myself falling in love with them. What I enjoy is the relaxed version of the image, sort of like a watercolor.


A metal D ring for a hook.


The front of the piece. It is filled with a thin layer of wool batting.


Seed stitch and St. George Cross stitch.


Stem stitch gold rings.


Coral stitch for a pebbly beach.


These penguins have French knot eyes and Satin stitch bodies.




Thank you for stopping by and for all the support.

Brambleton Threads recently became an LLC, and my husband is helping with the business. We hope to have some more information coming up soon on projects focusing in embroidery and quilting with custom designs.

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Rocks in Round

Rain clouds stopped by last week allowing us to trek midday with the pups to Red Rock Canyon. It’s a stunning landscape with much for the eye to catch, making me itch for extra time out there to hike, think and imagine.


I sat down immediately when home and started stitching this idea. The coloring stitches aren’t finished yet, but the piece is pleasing to the eye already.


Back stitch and straight stitch are being employed here. The thread is DMC.



The photography professor I studied with encouraged shooting around 7 AM & PM for interesting lighting. Today I caught shadows.




How was your weekend? What did you make?

Applique Strips Basted

Basting after pinning applique pieces is one of my favorite parts of the craft and I like that the turned edges seem smoother when compared with my turning-on-the-line only applique. Basting may seem like it’ll away time from stitching, but trust me, it doesn’t, and I don’t worry about being stuck with needles. I love all parts of needle-turn applique.

Pattern Name & Author: Aerial Grove & Carolyn Friedlander

Right before I started this I stopped myself from working on a needle-turn applique project I wasn’t enjoying. The project and I did not mesh creatively and when I realized this it was an easy decision to move on. Now I’m stitching away happily.


I recently (today) had guests, and one was my sewing auntie; she helped applique one strip and I’m finishing up the second. When I first saw this quilt pattern I was excited to start working on it. The pattern is fun, graceful, and lends itself to great amounts of color play.

Have any projects you’ve moved on from?